Monday, the 8th of May, a heavy overcast made sunglasses unnecessary as I hauled my bicycle from the basement and my five bags from the room. By shuffling things around on Sunday evening, I managed to get more weight moved aft on the bike. OsmAnd software led me easily up the left bank of the Danube and over the great river into Buda. The sky cleared as I crossed the bridge. Continue reading
Wednesday the 3rd of May, I awoke to an overcast morning with the threat of more rain. The air smelled fresh as it does in a clean place with the air recently rinsed. I had planned to take the 13:59 train to Budapest, so I rose late and fixed myself a leisurely breakfast. I rode to the station (only 600 m away) with almost an hour to spare, just to be sure that I had not read any signs wrong. The station had walk-on access to the platform from the street. Continue reading
Monday was May Day, also Labor Day and a major holiday in much of the world – especially the former Warsaw Pact countries. I knew that everything would be closed, so I had bought some yoghurt and brioches at the 05-22 market last night for breakfast. My neighbors (two Germans, one Austrian, one Swiss) all drove off to find breakfast, I know not where. Continue reading
As I passed from Italy into Slovenia on Wednesday, the 26th of April, the rain began to fall lightly. The border was only 12 km from the town of Kazlje, where I would be staying with Couchsurfing hosts Marco and Arletta. Sežana disappeared suddenly. I found myself on a well-paved highway rolling gently through a thick wood. Continue reading
Walt Kania continues with “the rest of the story.” I will be back with a report on the Bologna Book Fair next. Meanwhile, smooth roads and tailwinds. Jonathan.
by Walt Kania
Is entrepreneurship somehow a more worthy calling than freelancing? Some people think so. I disagree. True, in some circles, the ‘entrepreneur’ carries many more status points. The entrepreneur is the capitalist hero. He is Andrew Carnegie, Michael Dell, and the guys who invented Google. The kids who sold YouTube for a few billion. The freelancer,…
Today, I invite Walt Kania, a guru at the top of the freelancing mountain (or heap), to share his two recent cogitations on the difference between freelancers and entrepreneurs. I hope that you enjoy his writing as much as I do.
by Walt Kania
Are freelancers just small-scale entrepreneurs? Not really. Are entrepreneurs just mega-freelancers? No. Freelancers and entrepreneurs are separate species. They are wired differently. I know plenty of freelancers and quite a few entrepreneurs, and like them both. But they seek different satisfactions, have different heroes, and have different daydreams. The main point of commonality: neither can…
Today, I want to come back to the subject of living and working on the road. Most of you know that I am a translator, which is a very portable career. But I am also an interpreter. Here is what happened to that side of the business: Continue reading